TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Robyn Doolittle, award-winning investigative reporter with The Globe and Mail, will host next year's CJF Awards on June 14 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
"The Canadian Journalism Foundation has never been more important than it is right now," says Doolittle. "Recognizing, celebrating and promoting the vital work that reporters are doing at home and abroad is crucial as we fight against fake news, secretive and hostile governments and an ever-shrinking news-media landscape. The annual CJF gala is always one of the most inspiring nights of the year, and I am thrilled to be hosting."
Presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), the annual gala is a celebration of journalistic excellence. More than 600 journalists, media executives and business leaders honour those who have made significant contributions to journalism—both locally and on the international stage—and to recognize emerging talent.
Doolittle's "Unfounded" Globe series, examining how Canadian police services handle sexual assault cases, prompted police overhauls of policies, training and practices around sexual violence and a review of thousands of previously closed cases. The federal government cited her work when it pledged $100-million towards developing a national strategy to combat gender-based violence.
Prior to joining the Globe's investigative team in 2014, Doolittle spent nearly a decade reporting for the Toronto Star where her part in probing former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's troubled personal life helped the Star win the 2013 Michener Award. Her book on the subject, Crazy Town; The Rob Ford Story, was a national bestseller.
This year's gala includes a Special Citation to honour New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for their investigative work on the sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood producer and distributor. The story spurred a flood of other women and men to come forth with allegations about the sexual misconduct of powerful figures in entertainment and other industries.
For tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities, see contact information below or visit the CJF Awards page.
About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected], 416-955-0396; For tickets, tables or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Josh Gurfinkel, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, [email protected], 416-955-0394